Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, February 18, 1916
CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIED ON BIRTHDAY OF “ABE” LINCOLN
R. W. PORTER PASSES AWAY AT HIS HOME IN GLADSTONE AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS
R. W. Porter, a veteran of the Civil war and a lifelong admirer of Lincoln, died early Saturday, on the 107th anniversary of the birth of the martyred president. He was 81 years old, and in good health until a few days before his death when he suddenly became ill with la grippe. His advanced age hastened the end.
Mr. and Mrs. Porter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary January 1 at their home in Gladstone, and received scores of friends and relatives.
Mr. Porter was born in Oneida county, New York, October 7, 1833. Early in the Civil war he enlisted in Company A., 83rd Pennsylvania regiment. He then took up his trade of a blacksmith, which he followed for many years. The family came to Oregon in 1876, settling first at Prineville, and after a year in the central Oregon town, they came to Canemah, living there 26 years. Six years ago they moved to Gladstone.
Besides his widow, Mr. Porter is survived by four children, Clarence Porter, of Fairbanks, Alaska; Charles Porter, of Baker; Mrs. J. B. Labor, of Portland, and Mrs. Elmer Mayville, of Canemah, and several grandchildren. He was a member of the Gladstone Baptist Church.
Oregon Death Index:
Name: Ray W Porter
Death Date: 12 Feb 1916
Death Place: Clackamas
Name: Ray W . Porter
Regiment State/Origin: Pennsylvania
Regiment: 63rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry (83rd)
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M554 roll 97
Name: Ray W Porter
Enlistment Date: 21 Aug 1861
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Pennsylvania
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Pennsylvania 83rd Infantry Regiment on 21 Aug 1861. Mustered out on 20 May 1862.
Death Date: 12 Feb 1918
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, Research by Harold Slavik
Civil War Pension Index: Porter, Ray W.
Widow, Porter Amanda M.
A 83 Pa Inf
1884 Oct 9, Invalid, Application: 524242, Certificate: 828871
1916 Mar 18, Widow, Application: 1062897, Certificate: 808004, Oregon